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Top Connecticut court to decide fate of 'Arsenic and Old Lace' records

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 06:30
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Connecticut's top court next month will decide whether the records of the serial killer who inspired the play "Arsenic and Old Lace" will remain sealed in perpetuity or can be opened a half-century after her death. Amy Archer Gilligan was sentenced to life in prison in 1919 after pleading guilty to poisoning one of her husbands and a resident of the Windsor, Connecticut, nursing home that she ran. Investigators suspected her of having killed at least three more people, and possibly dozens more, by putting arsenic in their food. ...

Rogen, Franco, others react to 'The Interview' release

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 06:27

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2014 file photo, actors Seth Rogen, right, and James Franco attend the premiere of the Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" in Los Angeles.Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Tuesday a limited theatrical release of “The Interview” beginning Thursday, putting back into the theaters the comedy that prompted an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its cancelled release. Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton said Tuesday that Seth Rogen’s North Korea farce “will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day.” He said Sony also is continuing its efforts to release the film on more platforms and in more theaters. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Celebrities and others react to Sony's announcement Tuesday that it will release Seth Rogen and James Franco's embattled North Korean satire, "The Interview," in some theaters on Christmas:


FBI asks agencies to watch Memphis, Tenn., bridges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 06:25

FILE - In this July 13, 2012, file photo, the Memphis Queen riverboat approaches the I-40 bridge spanning the Mississippi River at Memphis, Tenn. The FBI on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, asked law officers assigned to areas around the Mississippi River bridges at Memphis to help keep an eye on the spans after a vague threat came in warning of an attack. (AP Photo/Nikki Boertman, File)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The FBI asked law officers assigned to areas around the Mississippi River bridges at Memphis, Tennessee, to help keep an eye on the spans after a vague threat came in warning that one would be blown up.


Safeway pulls caramel apples amid listeria scare

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 06:23
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Safeway has pulled prepackaged caramel apples from its shelves, the grocery chain said Tuesday, a day after the family of a person who died from a listeria infection linked to the fruit sued the company.

Woman reunited with car stolen nearly 30 years ago

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 06:21
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A California woman was reunited with her classic Ford Mustang nearly 30 years after it was stolen, when a man tried to register the muscle car at a Department of Motor Vehicles office.

Landscaper trapped by fronds dies in palm tree

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 06:18
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada fire official says a landscaper was high up in a palm tree when he lost consciousness and eventually died after being trapped by cut fronds.

AccuWeather: Light Showers Today

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 06:15

 Light Showers TodayMeteorologist Karen Rogers is tracking two rounds of rain this week.


DA: Woman had sex with teen she met at school function

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 06:12

 Woman had sex with teen she met at school functionA Montgomery County woman has been arrested on charges she had sex with a 17-year-old boy.


Top news of 2014 left public grasping for answers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 06:12

FILE - In this April 20, 2014, file photo, relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol sit near the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea. Over 300 people were killed in the accident, many of them students. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)Twenty-thousand feet down the answers may be waiting, hidden in some underwater canyon far off Australia's coast. But more than nine months after searchers began scouring the seas for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished with 239 people aboard, the catastrophe defies resolution.


Ex-US Marine held in Iran suspends hunger strike

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 06:10

FILE - This undated file photo released by his family via FreeAmir.org shows Amir Hekmati. The family of Hekmati, an ex-U.S. Marine imprisoned in Iran saud he's temporarily suspending a hunger strike after authorities agreed to re-examine his case. Hekmati, 31, told his Michigan family by phone Dec. 16, 2014, that he was beginning the hunger strike, and dictated a letter asking President Barack Obama not to forget him as dialogue continues with Iran over its nuclear activities. Hekmati was arrested in 2011 and sentenced to death for spying. The U.S. denies he's a spy. (AP Photo/Hekmati family via FreeAmir.org, File)DETROIT (AP) — The family of an ex-U.S. Marine imprisoned in Iran says he's temporarily suspending a hunger strike after authorities agreed to re-examine his case.


U.S. settles with employers of contractor newly freed by Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 06:07

Alan and Judy Gross walk through a parking garage after arriving for a news conference in WashingtonMIAMI (Reuters) - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced on Tuesday it has settled claims with a company that employed Alan Gross, the contractor freed last week after five years in a Cuban jail as part of a major shift in U.S.-Cuba relations. USAID finalized the settlement with Development Alternatives, Inc (DAI) on Monday night for $3.2 million, according to a spokesman for the federal agency that handles aid to foreign countries. Bethesda, Maryland-based DAI had been seeking $7 million in costs before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the spokesman said. ...


Rhode Island murderer linked to 2 other killings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 06:02
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A convicted rapist and murderer who died in prison in Rhode Island in 2011 also killed women in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, luring them to remote spots and strangling them with their own clothing, New Hampshire's attorney general said Tuesday.

Family of Ohio boy shot by police rejects violence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 05:52
CLEVELAND (AP) — The family of a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by a Cleveland officer is denouncing violence against police.

AAA: More travelers, cheaper gas this Christmas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 05:50

 More travelers, cheaper gas this ChristmasIf your plans include travel over the next few days expect company... and lots of it.


Grand jury clears Houston policeman for fatal shooting of black man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 05:49
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A grand jury in Houston decided on Tuesday not to indict a police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in a case that has been placed into a national debate about the role race plays in police interactions with the public. After months of testimony, the grand jury decided not to indict Juventino Castro, who was off duty and working a private security job at a strip mall when he fatally shot Jordan Baker, 26, in January, law enforcement officials said. ...

12 hurt in school bus crash at middle school in Newark, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 05:40

12 hurt in school bus crash at middle school in Newark, DelawareA school bus crash at a middle school in Newark, Delaware left 12 people hurt, including 11 children and the bus driver.


New Jersey to bail out Atlantic City with short-term loan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 05:32

People walk outside the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic CityBy Hilary Russ (Reuters) - Atlantic City, New Jersey's struggling gambling hub, will get a short-term $40 million loan from the state rather than try to borrow the money in the capital markets this year, a city official said on Tuesday. Even the city's originally planned $40 million note sale, now squashed, was itself a scaled back version of a larger bond issuance that was delayed amid uncertainty over the city's next financial steps. The city must repay the loan by March 31 at a 0.75 percent interest rate, according to the loan agreement, signed on Dec. 18 by Mayor Don Guardian and the ...


US moves to end ban on blood donations by gay men

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 05:30

FILE - In this July 19, 2010 file photo, blood is collected during a blood drive at Saint Vincent Health Center in Erie, Pa. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 recommended an end to the nation’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified. (AP Photo/Erie Times-News, Jack Hanrahan, File) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUTWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are recommending an end to the nation's lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified.


Egg Harbor Twp. doctor charged with criminal sexual contact

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 05:29

Egg Harbor Twp. doctor charged with criminal sexual contactAn Egg Harbor Township neurologist is under arrest after alleged sexual incidents with at least three different patients.


Houston grand jury doesn't indict officer in shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 05:25
HOUSTON (AP) — A grand jury has declined to indict a Houston police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, a decision that follows similar outcomes in officer-involved deaths in Missouri, New York and Wisconsin.